Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 41, Issue 5, pp 3201–3211

Production of carboxylic acids from glucose with metal oxides under hydrothermal conditions

  • Yousif S. Adam
  • Yan Fang
  • Zhibao Huo
  • Xu Zeng
  • Zhenzi Jing
  • Fangming Jin


Production of low molecular weight carboxylic acids from glucose with the addition of metal oxides under hydrothermal conditions was investigated. The results showed that CuO, as an oxidant can significantly promote the production of lactic acid, and can also promote the production of acetic acid and formic acid. Fe3O4 can also enhance lactic acid production as a catalyst. The highest yields of 37.1, 9.4, and 4.9 % for lactic acid, acetic acid, and formic acid were achieved, respectively, which occurred at 300 °C for 60 s with CuO 1.5 mmol, NaOH 2.5 M, and water filling 35 %.


Glucose Carboxylic acids Metal oxides CuO Hydrothermal reactions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yousif S. Adam
    • 1
  • Yan Fang
    • 1
  • Zhibao Huo
    • 2
  • Xu Zeng
    • 2
  • Zhenzi Jing
    • 3
  • Fangming Jin
    • 2
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resources Reuse, College of Environmental Science and EngineeringTongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.School of Environmental Science and EngineeringShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina
  3. 3.College of Material Science and EngineeringTongji UniversityShanghaiChina

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